Bucks-Timberwolves quickly becomes a battle for the basement

Corey Maggette

AP Photo/Jim Prisching

The Milwaukee Bucks‘ 94-88 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday night played out like a bizarro version of the Mia Hamm/Michael Jordan Gatorade commercials. Anything Milwaukee did, Minnesota did worse, and neither team could do anything consistently better than the other. Case and point: The game’s final two minutes.

By Jake McCormick

More Milwaukee Bucks/Minnesota Timberwolves analysis. [Read more…]

Bucks-Timberwolves analysis: Wins are a point of view

Brandon Jennings

AP Photo/Jim Prisching

It’s never a good thing when Andrew Bogut plays 23 minutes and attempts five shots in a game against a less than impressive front line. But Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles had a few interesting lineup combinations that ultimately carried the Bucks to their 94-88 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

By Jake McCormick

Read the Milwaukee Bucks/Minnesota Timberwolves game recap. [Read more…]

More details about the origin of Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut’s lingering virus

Andrew Bogut

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The lingering virus that has plagued Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut over the past month of came from a scratch Bogut received from a “certain player,” and will be a constant issue through the end of the NBA regular season.

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The road to a Milwaukee Bucks’ win runs through Andrew Bogut

Andrew Bogut

AP Photo/LM Otero

With his fifth straight double-double in the Milwaukee Bucks103-99 win over the Dallas Mavericks Monday night, center Andrew Bogut continued to state the obvious: If he fills up the stat sheet, the Bucks’ chances of winning skyrocket.

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Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut dominates depleted Orlando Magic

Andrew Bogut

Normally, a Milwaukee Bucks win over the Orlando Magic would’ve been classified as signature or a great upset. But against a Magic team with Jameer Nelson, JJ Redick, Mickael Pietrus, and most importantly, Dwight Howard battling a nasty stomach flu in Florida, the Bucks 96-85 win was just a quality start to a four game home stand.

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The Milwaukee Bucks’ offensive weekend of futility

Brandon Jennings

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the Milwaukee Bucks have a record of 5-8 and very little to be thankful for other than their third ranked scoring defense (92 points per game).

Consider a few statistics from the Bucks’ weekend back-to-back against the worst team, record-wise, in the Eastern Conference (Philadelphia 76ers) and an Oklahoma City Thunder team that was missing superstar forward Kevin Durant and his trusty sidekick Jeff Green (46.2 combined points per game):

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Preview of the Milwaukee Bucks-Indiana Pacers game

Milwaukee Bucks

By Jake McCormick

After a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde showing in their Tuesday-Wednesday back-to-back, the Milwaukee Bucks have a good chance of building off the confidence and chemistry they showed in Wednesday’s overtime loss to the Boston Celtics.

The Detroit Lions are to the Green Bay Packers as the Indiana Pacers have been to the Milwaukee Bucks over the last year, and although the Pacers are improved, the Bucks should still continue their streak against their Central Division rival. [Read more…]

Analysis of the Milwaukee Bucks loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

Andrew Bogut

Editor’s note: With the “Optimist, Pessimist, Realist” feature, I focus on one aspect of the game that deserves some hope for future success (Optimist), one that ellicits feelings of dread and negativity (Pessimist), and one thing that falls in the middle ground that is hard to argue against either way (Realist).

There wasn’t much to be celebrating from the Milwaukee Bucks90-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, but that certainly doesn’t mean there weren’t some encouraging opportunities for the Bucks to break out of their early season funk. [Read more…]

Milwaukee Bucks suffer a throwback loss to the Portland Trail Blazers

Brandon Jennings

By Jake McCormick

In elections, a small sample size of voters leads to accurate early projections. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for early scoring runs in NBA games.

If the first six minutes of the Milwaukee Bucks 90-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers had decided the game, Milwaukee would’ve won by triple digits. But in the next 42 minutes, the Blazers methodically outshot, out-rebounded, and out-hustled the Bucks, dropping last season’s Cinderella favorite to 1-3 as they head to Boston on Wednesday.

For more in-depth analysis of the loss, click here. [Read more…]

Milwaukee Bucks collect solid home opening win over the Bobcats

Andrew Bogut

By Jake McCormick

Fans packed the Bradley Center in costumes Saturday night hoping to see the Milwaukee Bucks turn in a performance worthy of the holiday and home opener hype against the visiting Charlotte Bobcats, and they were not disappointed in the 98-88 victory that was headlined by Bucks point guard Brandon Jennings’ first career triple double (20 points, 10 assists, 10 rebounds).

“For a young point guard, he’s balancing a lot of stuff out there,” coach Scott Skiles said. “He’s got some new teammates he’s trying to play with, we’ve got a few things we’re doing a little bit different on offense to get those players involved. There’s a lot of things he’s juggling out there right now.” [Read more…]

The Milwaukee Bucks Opening Night loss was good, bad, and ugly

Corey Maggette

One down, 81 to go.

The Milwaukee Bucks opened their 2010-11 season with a new look against the New Orleans Hornets, but fell 95-91 in a game that showcased a good amount of positive differences from the 2009-10 team and some problems that are still a work in progress. Whether it is a win or loss, that’s pretty much all you can hope for out of Opening Night in the NBA.

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Quick reactions to the Milwaukee Bucks-Chicago Bulls preseason game

Derrick Rose-Brandon Jennings

The biggest stories surrounding the Chicago Bulls this week are 1.) Joakim Noah’s contract extension and 2.) Carlos Boozer’s serious injury. I would like to get your take on the latter because the Milwaukee Bucks are a franchise that leaned on a very injury prone player for so long in Michael Redd. Obviously, that’s not the case anymore, as the Bucks’ are a team with a more balanced scoring and overall production load.

What were your big takeaways from tonight’s preseason game? I know that’s a difficult question to answer since all preseason games are inherently meaningless, but we can start with avoiding injury – obviously, that’s the #1 aim of all these scrimmages. But what else did you notice that meant something out there tonight?

By Jake McCormick and Paul M. Banks [Read more…]

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